Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2017-2018

View and comment on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.


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Statewide marine waters
Coastal marine water
Puget Sound marine areas
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Statewide marine waters

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# 3. Possession of another's food fish or shellfish limit   
This rule proposal would make it unlawful to possess food fish or shellfish taken during the open season by another while in the field or in transit unless it is accompanied by a statement which shows.....
# 4. Define a unit of gear for crab, crawfish, and shrimp   
Clarifies regulations regarding the definition of a unit of gear when fishing for crab, crawfish, and shrimp to include the use of angling gear or a castable device.
# 5. Require buoy of unattended shellfish gear to be marked with the first and last name and permanent mailing address of the person operating the gear   
Unattended shellfish gear must be marked with a buoy that lists the first and last name and permanent mailing address of the person operating the gear.
# 9. Restrict heating of oyster shells   
Restrict harvesters from cooking oysters in the shell and/or opening oysters through the addition of heat.
# 10. Remove bonus limits for eastern softshell clams in Skagit Bay, and for cockles in Willapa Bay   
Remove bonus limits for eastern softshell clams in Skagit Bay, and for cockles in Willapa Bay.
Not Recommended for further consideration

DFW050140-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW057594-17
No limit for shiner perch
DFW152335-17
Allow use of cast net for herring in marine areas
DFW199814-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW232725-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW313215-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW363302-17
Fee structure changes
DFW383925-17
Separate licenses for salmon and bottomfish
DFW391040-17
Barbless hooks only
DFW495412-17
Forage fish limit measured by volume
DFW502037-17
Allow 2-pole statewide
DFW507598-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW550813-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW572934-17
Allow use of cast nets for forage fish in marine waters
DFW612691-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW644733-17
Catch and release for sharks
DFW645026-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW655337-17
Lingcod annual limit and lengthen season
DFW689536-17
Sea-run cutthroat protection
DFW731256-17
Remove maximum size limit for spearfishing lingcod and require a CRC
DFW789291-17
No limit for shiner perch
DFW796690-17
Extend Lingcod spearfishing season
DFW814155-17
Allow rockfish retention
DFW863296-17
Gear restrictions
DFW886796-17
Cutthroat trout as part of daily limit
DFW905563-17
Seasonal recreational catch limits
DFW977914-17
Catch and release for sharks